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Imported Trio from Procure

19 June,2018

Procure Liquor continues to have success with its adventurous range of imported wines. They are well-chosen to offer clear expressions of variety and place, quite different to what is made here, and at an accessible price. Here, I review the first import of The Crusher Chardonnay from California, a new vintage turnover of the Hogshead ‘Old Vine’ South Australia Shiraz, as well as introducing a new ‘CAB’ Cabernet Sauvignon from the contemporary Paxton winery in the McLaren Vale. www.procureliquor.co.nz


The Crusher California Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from USA


Light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little paler on the rim. The nose is elegant and a little restrained, showing citrus fruit aromas along with tropical fruits and a little nuttiness and suggestions of cream and butter. The aromatics are attractive, and straightforward in expression. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is posed and lively with flavours of ripe citrus fruit along with pineapple and tropical fruit elements. The flavours are accessible and mouthfilling with fresh, lacy acidity enlivening the mouthfeel and some alcohol drive. A little phenolic texture is present and shows with some bitter citrus notes as the wines flows to a sweet finish. This is a brisk and lively, up-front Chardonnay with citrus, pineapple and tropical fruit flavours, some alcoholic drive and some phenolics on the finish. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 2-3 years. California fruit fermented to 13.5% alc. 16.5/20 Jun 2018 RRP $30.00

Hogshead ‘Old Vine’ South Australia Shiraz 2017

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Moderately deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly presented with a moderately deep core of spicy dark-red berry and raspberry fruit unfolding light peppery notes, hints of cedary oak and a little eucalyptus. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweetly succulent and rich with plush, easy and accessible flavours of dark raspberries, spices and a layering of pepper, cedar and eucalyptus. The fruit is underlined by some alcoholic power and supported by light, fine-grained tannin structure with integrated acidity. The fruit has a good core with linearity that carries to a long, succulent and spicy finish. This is a sweetly plush, succulent and accessible Shiraz with flavours of dark raspberries, spices, pepper and eucalypt with a good core and some underlying power. Match with barbecued fare over the next 3-4 years. 100% Shiraz from the Lower Murray, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, fermented to 14.9% alc., the wine aged in tank, in French and American oak for 3 months and in 300 L French oak hogsheads. Winemakers: Jim Zerella and Corey Ryan. 17.5-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $20.00

Paxton ‘CAB’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia


Dark, even, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is well-concentrated with good depth of ripe blackcurrant aromas harmoniously entwined with a layer of eucalypt, and an amalgam of mint, cassis and cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a fine-textured core with flavours of ripe blackcurrants and blackberry fruit melded with notes of mint, eucalypt and cedar. The palate has light, grainy tannin extraction providing fine grip and structure, with balanced acidity providing energy and drive. The wine carries to a long, taut finish of blackcurrants, eucalypt and cedar. This is a moderately concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with a good core of blackcurrant, mint, eucalypt and cedary flavours with fine structure and good drive. Match with roasted lamb and beef over the next 5-6 years. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from the ‘Jones’ and ‘Thomas’ blocks, hand-picked and fermented with 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 6 months in French oak barriques. Certified NASAA biodynamic. 17.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $27.00

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